Another suspect, a 25-year-old man from Middlesbrough, has been arrested today (Wednesday 30 August) on suspicion of a burglary in Great Ayton on 21 July 2023 from which a pick-up truck was stolen. (Ref 12230135417)
This takes the number arrests to six - all males aged from 14 to 25 - for this series of burglaries and thefts investigated by DC Quita Readman from Northallerton CID.
DC Readman has urged residents in our rural areas to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
It is also a timely reminder to keep properties and vehicles secure to deter opportunistic criminals.
If anyone has information or CCTV footage regarding these incidents, please email DC Readman at [email protected] or call 101, option 2, and ask for Quita Readman.
UPDATE - Police have made three further arrests. Two 15-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of burglary. They were interviewed and released on bail with conditions which prevent them from entering North Yorkshire.
ORIGINAL APPEAL - 10 AUGUST 2023
North Yorkshire Police is actively increasing patrols in Hambleton following a spate of reported burglaries and thefts from unattended vehicles in Great Ayton and Great Broughton.
The series of incidents are being investigated by Northallerton CID. The team are also working with several specialist resources which include the force’s Operational Support Unit and officers from Cleveland Police.
On Tuesday 08 August 2023, officers arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of burglary, attempted burglary, theft from a motor vehicle and attempted theft from a motor vehicle.
He was interviewed and bailed with conditions not to enter North Yorkshire.
Police are now appealing for any information which will help the investigation. In particular, officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have caught any suspicious activity on CCTV or doorbell footage.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should email [email protected] Alternatively you can call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Quita Readman.
Please quote reference number 12230131864 when passing information.
Detective Constable Quita Readman from North Yorkshire Police commented:
“We’re asking residents in Hambleton to make sure their property (including outbuildings) and vehicles are kept secure.
“If you use a vehicle for work, please remember to remove tools when you have finished and ensure they are stored securely.
“Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity on 101 or if it’s happening now call 999.”
Officers are also asking residents to be vigilant and where possible increase security around their property and vehicle. Advice on how to increase security can be seen below.
It may not seem obvious, but protecting your garden and outbuildings like sheds not only keeps bikes and other valuables safe, but can also stop burglars accessing tools to get into your home
Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under one metre) so burglars have nowhere to hide.
Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.
High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges, walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to gates and fences and plant some prickly plants to make it harder for burglars to climb over.
Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go undetected.
Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen.
Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system.
Secure your shed; always keep your shed locked and secured, and make sure it is anchored down to prevent it from being lifted in order to gain access. Often sheds contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles.
Never leave tools lying around; never leave tools lying around as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.
Stay secure in summer
Leaving ground floor windows, doors and patio doors open in the summer can give burglars the perfect opportunity. If you’re upstairs or out of the room, even just for a few minutes, close them and help shut burglars out.